MARY HOEDEMAN - studied dance with Nikki York, a World Champion through the Arthur Murray ballroom dance studio system. Mary won her first Country & Western Grand Championship in 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Her competitive career continued as she and her partner repeatedly placed among the top 5 competitors in the world. The style of country dance that blended traditional forms with ballroom technique introduced and developed by Mary, and several of her colleagues, remains the dominant competitive style today. She and her company produced over 23 instructional dance videos with worldwide sales of 300,000 copies. She traveled, performed and taught for 12 years mostly in the US and Canada.
Mary Hoedeman Coniaris now lives in Bloomington with her husband and two sons. Her passion for sharing her love of dance is unflagging. From 2012-2017 Mary taught at Indiana University in Bloomington. While at IU she organized two “flash mob” events featuring her students: “I’ve Got The Power” and “Keep Your Head Up” to Andy Grammer’s song of the same name. Always health conscious, Mary was interested in bringing awareness to the poor posture and other health risks associated with having one’s face constantly buried in a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Joanne Shank has served on the Board of Windfall Dancers, has performed in a number of independent multimedia presentations, and has choreographed movement to poetry, sound, and projected images. One of these productions received an IAC grant submitted by local poet Bronislava Volkova.
The body is the purist and most immediate form of expression. Multimedia has so many possibilities and is partly why I am intrigued to be member of the Arts Alliance team.
I consider myself primarily a Visual Artist, but tend to spend too much time sitting focused on projects, and am looking forward to getting back into creative movement. As Dance Rep I want to help promote the many different dance organizations in town and facilitate communication among the groups as is beneficial. contact